“Be still like a mountain, and flow like a river.” - Lao Tzu
The Leadership Lesson: Letting Go
Recently, a lot of research hit the streets around the value of “finding the flow” in the workplace. Psychologists currently define flow as “that feeling you have when you are exhilarated, euphoric, and have a deep sense of enjoyment. It is an optimal or peak experience characterized by a positive mood.” When someone finds that “sweet spot” at work, time flies by, creativity sparks and high productivity ensues.
Yet, there is another type of flow in the workplace. This is the ebb and flow that allows and gives us permission to let go and observewhere we watch without agitation, anxiety or a driving need to fix things. Which happens to be my Achilles' heel. It is also a common trait in "Type A" personas. I often feel compelled to jump in to remedy a situation, find a solution and make things right, at work and at home. Learning to flow like a river over rocks and bumps smoothly, with a rhythm that creates calm, is something many of us need to work on. That is letting go and what I call leadership flow!
“Rivers know this: There is no hurry, we shall get there someday.” -- A. A. Milne